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Flurescent Abstract Silks

Here are some of my latest works, some of the final sample pieces before beginning work on the final collection. I figure there will be room for eight large hangings in the space I have been allocated so I would … Continue reading

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Constable’s oil sketches: atmosphere and light

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Brighton Beach, 1824 John Constable perhaps suffers from over-familiarity: countless reproductions, from postcards to biscuit tins, of The Hay Wain or Dedham Vale. Those large, highly polished oil paintings were…

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In the Studio

I have now finished the first week in the studio booked for two weeks over Easter. The painting has been very challenging both physically with scale and also aesthetic decision-making. The space is wonderful, it is so liberating to have … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Rethink

I had a tutorial with my new supervisor Desmond which was the first tutorial I have had for a long time. I have reached a point where I really need some direction, advice and another persons perspective on what I have … Continue reading

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Found Object

I found this piece of board yesterday washed up on the Humber flood defences. Something about it really appealed to me, the contrast of gloss paint against the worn smoothness of exposed wood. I also noticed how the paint had … Continue reading

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Why Distant Objects Please: William Hazlitt 1822

I feel a connection with this essay as it brings up many questions (and answers some) as to why I am constantly drawn to the distant views across the river. See extracts below. Essay: “Why Distant Objects Please” by William … Continue reading

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Howard Hodgkin

He speaks of the secret life of the self in colours that conceal nothing. Art is more eloquent than a diary. Paint is more personal than language. Hodgkin’s ability to alarm colours by introducing them to one another makes his … Continue reading

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Ways of working

“Each new work grows organically from the last one completed, the colours that surround him as he creates a new drawing based on the last finished work.” “The trance-like state he falls into when working allows his ideas to find … Continue reading

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James Turrell

“In a lucid dream, you have a sharper sense of colour and lucidity than with your eyes open. I’m interested in the point where imaginative seeing and outside seeing meet, where it becomes difficult to differentiate between seeing from the … Continue reading

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Ross Bleckner

I greatly admire the work of the artist Ross Bleckner. Although his theme of mortality is different to my own work,  I find a connection through the illusion of light he achieves. The illumination that shines out from his paintings promotes … Continue reading

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Skeffling Clays

I drove to a new viewing site today with great excitment as I thought I had visited them all already! This one is at Skeffling, I tiny village just befor Easington and Spurn Point. There is a remote viewing area … Continue reading

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Paris

I have just returned from a visit to Paris. The first day was spent at Premier Vision, a textiles trade fair. This was interesting for professional updating as a textiles lecturer, but did not offer much stimulation for my MA practice. … Continue reading

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Downburst

Two new pieces painted with procion dyes on large scale watercolour paper.

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Marc Van Cauwenbergh

http://www.marcvancauwenbergh.net/html/temp_press_white.htm “Van Cauwenbergh’s multifaceted palette determines each work’s unique sense of rhythm and mood, ranging from harmonious and meditative to unsettling and darkly mysterious.”

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Emotion

“I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions. And the fact that a lot of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate these basic human emotions.” (Mark Rothko) “The reason for my … Continue reading

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In the studio interview with Alexis Harding – Art – Time Out london

In the studio interview with Alexis Harding – Art – Time Out london.

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Ethereal Glue

The essential of painting is that something, that ‘ethereal glue’, that intermediary product which the artist secretes with all his creative being and which he has to place, to encrust, to impregnate into the pictorial stuff of the painting.— Yves Klein, … Continue reading

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